News

04
Dec

Launch Party for Lawyers for the Creative Economy

Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE) "a new, statewide initiative led by ArtServe Michigan to identify and engage attorneys who are willing to provide free or low-fee intellectual property advice and related support to artists, creative practitioners, businesses and non-profit organizations." LCE was developed by ArtServe Michigan with support from the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports (ACES) section of the State Bar of Michigan, General Motors, major Michigan law firms and the National Endowment for the Arts, to name a few. There is a launch party this Wednesday, December 5th from 5:30-7:30 PM at Miller Canfield in Detroit. Press release: Miller Canfield and ArtServe Michigan cordially invites you to a complimentary reception and information session to launch a new statewide initiative, Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE). ArtServe Michigan, the leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization in Michigan, is recruiting attorneys from across the state including in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor. The LCE program will ensure valuable resources for understanding such legal areas as copyright, trademark, patent, licensing and contracts are available to all levels of the creative industry through knowledgeable legal professionals, workshops and online. Join us Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at the office of Miller Canfield, Detroit 150 W. Jefferson, 25th floor from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for more information. RSVP - http://bit.ly/LCE_DT This event is supported by Miller Canfield, The State Bar of Michigan's Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports section, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Where & When: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Miller Canfield 150 West Jefferson Suite 2500 Detroit, Michigan 48226 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Parking is in the 150 ...

20
Nov

Business Law & Order – Getting Funded

Video of the event last night is available on the Ann Arbor USA website here.

10
Nov

Business Law & Order – Getting Funded

I’m going to be presenting Don Baker’s “Developing a Capital Fundraising Plan” at Ann Arbor Spark on Monday, November 19 starting at 5:00 p.m. Here are the event details: What: Business Law & Order - Getting Funded - Techniques, Tips and Traps - With a Crowdfunding Update Where: Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 East Liberty, Lower Level, Ann Arbor MI 48104 Date: 11/19/2012 Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Cost: FREE Also presenting are Gary Kendra of the Kendra Law Firm, and John Decker of Jaffe Raitt. More info can be found here.

10
Nov

Michigan arts initiative seeks IP talent

I'm on the advisory committee for ArtServe's new Lawyers for the Creative Economy (LCE). A couple of kick-off events are coming up to recruit lawyers interested in participating in the program. Here's the press release: Intellectual property attorneys are being sought for a new statewide arts initiative — and are being invited to a complimentary lunch to hear more about it. ArtServe Michigan’s Lawyers for the Creative Economy project is kicking off at a luncheon noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Grand Rapids Museum of Art. This new initiative “will identify and engage attorneys who are willing to provide free or low-fee intellectual property advice and related support to artists and creative practitioners.” The event is sponsored by the Arts, Communications, Entertainment and Sports Section of the State Bar of Michigan, Clark Hill PLC and the National Endowment for the Arts. Brian Wassom of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP will be the guest speaker. RSVP at the ArtServe website. If you can’t make it, a Detroit launch reception for the initiative takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC’s downtown Detroit office. RSVP at lce@artservemichigan.org.

26
Jun

This Week: Detroit Startup Drinks and Social Media Day Detroit

There are a couple of events this week in Detroit you will want to check out: DETROIT STARTUP DRINKS. The next event for Detroit Startup Drinks is this Thursday, June 28, 2012, from 6–8pm at Mercury Bar in Corktown, Detroit. DSD is all about meeting like-minded technology folks, talking about what you're working on, and finding out what others are working on. "No Agenda. No Speakers. Just Community." More information is posted on the DSD Facebook Group. The group is open to anyone. SOCIAL MEDIA DAY DETROIT 2012. Social Media Day is an annual global event on Saturday, June 30th that gathers social media enthusiasts through local Social Media Day Meetups. The Detroit Meetup is this Saturday, June 30, 2012, from 11:00am-3pm at the Motor City Casino. Event details and registration can be found here.  

29
Mar

I'll be presenting two programs to the newly-formed eCommerce Ann Arbor group on Monday, April 16, 2012 starting at 6:30 p.m., at Connor O'Neills in Ann Arbor. "eCommerce and State Sales Taxes: Understanding 'Amazon' Tax Laws" Cash-strapped states are looking at Internet sales as a potential new source of tax revenue. Online retailers should take notice. In the past three years, seven states have enacted so-called “Amazon” laws (named after online mega-retailer Amazon.com) in an attempt to force online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes for Internet sales in their states. Fifteen other states have had similar legislation introduced or currently pending. This presentation will focus on understanding what “Amazon” taxes laws are and the future of Internet sales taxes. AND "Email Marketing; Understanding the CAN-SPAM Act" In 2001, it was estimated that unsolicited commercial email, otherwise known as “spam”, accounted for approximately 7% of all email messages. Two years later, it was estimated that spam accounted for nearly half of all email messages. In response, congress passed the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003, otherwise known as the CAN-SPAM Act, in an effort to regulate commercial email on a nationwide basis, stem misleading practices, and provide recipients withan opportunity to “opt-out” of additional messages from the same source. This presentation will focus on how to comply with the CAN-SPAM Act, common mistakes, and recent enforcement actions. RSVP here. I hope you can make it.  

28
Feb

Google Ventures Backs Duo Security

We are very proud to have represented Duo Security in their $5 million Series A round of financing led by Google Ventures and True Ventures on the West Coast, together with Ann Arbor's own Resonant Venture Partners. You can read about it here, here, and here. The official press release is here.

20
Feb

Business Law & Order: Funding 101

I'm going to be presenting Don Baker's "Developing a Capital Fundraising Plan" at Ann Arbor Spark tonight, Monday, February 20th at 5:00 p.m. Here are the event details: What: Business Law & Order: Funding 101 Where: Ann Arbor SPARK Central, 330 East Liberty, Lower Level, Ann Arbor MI 48104 Date: 2/20/2012 Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Cost: FREE Also presenting are Bradley J. Wyatt from Dickinson Wright PLLC, Gary Kendra of Kendra Law Firm, and Jeffrey L. LaBine from Miller Canfield, presenting on Grant Funding, Securities Law Basics, and “How to Choose Your Investors Wisely”. Hope you can stop by.

30
Jan

The Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship, better known as ACE, is Ann Arbor's premier event for entrepreneur networking. ACE '12 is taking place this Tuesday, January 31, 2012, from 2-9 p.m., at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor. From the website: Each year at ACE, you'll join an exciting, forward-thinking community of innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders – people like you — who have the vision and drive to build new ventures for a new future. Each year's ACE event, along with the year-long activities of its supporting organizations, is helping to make the Great Lakes region a better place to start and grow a business. Join hundreds of attendees as they take advantage of learning and networking opportunities with fellow entrepreneurs, funding sources and entrepreneurial resources at this year’s ACE. Looking for an opportunity to showcase your company with hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and dignitaries? Join as an exhibitor at ACE ‘12 and add your voice to the conversation driving entrepreneurs in Southeast Michigan.   Click here for more information.

24
Jan

This month, Ann Arbor New Tech Meetup, brought to you by a2geeks, is hosting Roger Ehrenberg, celebrated New York angel investor, UM alum, and founder and Managing Partner of IA Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on big data investments. Here's an abstract of Roger's presentation: Data has touched every industry for decades, so why is Big Data such a hot topic now? In this talk, Roger frames what Big Data means, how it's generated, and how scale companies and startups alike use data as an active asset. He compares sources of data and end-products for example companies, and discusses how to use data as a source of natural competitive advantage. You can RSVP here.